Natural Disasters

Beating nature at biology doesn't mean you'll still be able to live forever if a the ground opens up, buildings collapse on top of you, you're buried under hot ash or you're swept away by a wall of water. Will we one day be able to prevent natural disasters, who knows? Maybe increased earth monitoring we'll be able predict when its coming and get out of the way, or we'll even have personal survival suits like those developed for off-piste skiers - super advanced ones that throw an unbreakable shell around you when disaster strikes... but those are a long way off.

For now, we'll just keep track of some of the major natural disasters that hit our planet as a reminder that health and physical improvements are only part of the picture - if you're living forever eventually nature is going to strike you.

Resources

Natural disasters - BBC Earth
Information on avalanches, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, supervolcanoes, tornadoes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

Defending Planet Earth - US National Research Council (NRC)
Near-Earth-Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies (2010)
The objective is to detect those that may collide with Earth.

Recent News

Threefold increase in asteroid strikes over last 300m years

Guardian - 17-Jan-2019

Now every million years... do due one any day now!

NASA's DART planning first planetary defense impact

Space.com - 02-Jan-2019

We don't want to go the same way as the dinosaurs!

New Telescope To Scan For Collision Course Asteroids

Space - 30-Jun-2018

NASA's program will scan for all near-earth objects larger than 140 meters in diameter

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